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Pilot Com. Plane Radio Station  
User currently offlineChuckles1225 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 160 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

I am wondering if any airlines still have one of the radio channels offered when you plug head phones in to your arm rest being the pilot's communication on the radio with ATC? About 5 or 6 years ago I flew United a number of times and I always enjoyed listening the pilots talking to ATC and other a/c. Now I have been flying Delta and there is no such radio channel offered. I don't know if United still offers it or even if Delta used to and quit so would someone tell me what airlines do still offer this radio channel, if any? I was wondering if maybe the airlines stopped using that channel after 911 or something?


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User currently offlineAlitaliaORD From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

the service is unique only to United


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User currently offlineUA935 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 610 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

Channel 9, still available on United.


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User currently offlineChuckles1225 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

alright thnks ill have to fly united again


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

I was listening to Channel 9 yesterday until about 1/4 through the trip, the purser called the cockpit and say "the passengers can hear everything we're talking about on Channel 9, please turn it off", and that was the end of Channel 9 for my flight.


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User currently offlineIluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Does anyone know the frequency of channel 9? I'd love to listen to it at home with all the transient A/C above DFW.


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User currently offlineRthrbeflying86 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Does anyone know the frequency of channel 9? I'd love to listen to it at home with all the transient A/C above DFW

I don't think it's acutally on a com frequency, just that the airplane's radio's speaker plays simulatneously on the pilots' headsets as well as on channel 9.

Dan



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User currently offlineRareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

The frequency varies, depending on where the plane is. Channel 9 is playing whatever the crew is transmitting / receiving on the VHF communications radios. Could be tower, ground, clearance delivery, company communications, etc.


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User currently offlineSpeedbirdHeavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

"the passengers can hear everything we're talking about on Channel 9, please turn it off", and that was the end of Channel 9 for my flight.

What a strange comment. Of course they can hear everything. That's what it's there for.....



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

What a strange comment. Of course they can hear everything. That's what it's there for.....

Well, it was my first time flying UA so it was my first time to experience Channel 9. After this comment was made, I didn't hear anything else on Ch. 9 so I asked the F/A about it. She said that there was a malfunction.

I know Ch. 9 is supposed to let you listen to ATC, but I'm not sure that it's supposed to be able to let you listen to interphone conversations between the cabin crew and cockpit, for obviously understandable reasons. I'm guessing that was the "malfunction".



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User currently offlineChuckles1225 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2382 times:

"the passengers can hear everything we're talking about on Channel 9, please turn it off", and that was the end of Channel 9 for my flight.


So do the pilot's have a switch up on the flight deck that they can control the radio stations passengers are listening to?



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4490 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2357 times:

So do the pilot's have a switch up on the flight deck that they can control the radio stations passengers are listening to?

The different channels are actually equivalent to "mix tapes"....they are not radio stations.

But yes, UA flight crews can switch on/off Channel 9 at their discretion.

As a side note..
On many Airfone-equipped aircraft there is also a master telephone switch in the cockpit that allows the entire system to be turned off...very helpful in a "tense situation"  Big grin



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